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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Deana: 1 finish and 1 top done!

Today?  Today I am finishing up Jessi's Medallion.  I should have a top done tonight.  Learn more about this project by clicking the button on my right side bar.  Here are the units left to assemble and attach to the quilt:

Hooray!!!  I finally have a finish.  I started this quilt this year and it is done.  It is a miracle.  I am happy with the quilting although I did not get quite the effect I was going for.  I will probably quilt the second one with some slight variations.

Linking up with Free Motion by the River,
Sew Cute Tuesday,
Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday
Show N Tell Tuesday 
Esther's Blog WOW

AND this is my July finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes. This was my post and progress the first week of July.

 And here is a photo of the other top all ready to quilt.  I just finished it Friday.
 Here you can see the quilted one on the bottom and the unquilted one on top.  Yes, there really are two.

 Side by side.  Yup, I think I like them.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Deana: Another top ready to quilt

This is my family round robin quilt I just got back earlier in the month.  I put some borders on it, made the binding, and seamed the lining.  It is ready to be basted for quilting.  Yay!!

Learn more about this fun round robin here. 

My sisters and mom made it for me.  I think it is so beautiful!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deana: Windmill Quilting

I am getting pretty far on quilting my Windmill Quilt.  I am loving it.  I hope I can make the center look at good at the border.

Linking up with Pretty Bobbins "I Quilt".

AND I quilt Thursdays from My Quilt Infatuations

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deana: Equilateral Triangle Quilts

Val's Quilting Studio is having a discussion on quilts with equilateral triangles.  I have a couple of designs that fit into this category so I wanted to link up.  I have lumped together several posts that show these quilts in a variety of colors.  The main design is based off an equilateral triangle variation.  I have also included my "brown bag" creation which is mostly made of equilateral triangles.  We mailed some fabrics we did not want anymore to a partner and then made a quilt out of the fabric we received.  It was fun!

Deana: Design Discussion

Val's Quilting Studio is having a discussion about design today.  You should check it out.  This post is my contribution to that discussion.

I have been designing quilts from day 1.  My mother-in-law started me off with a sampler quilt and I chose blocks from pictures in magazines that I wanted to make.  She showed me how to construct them to fit a 12" block, so from the beginning I learned how to create my own.  

I started designing on graph paper with a ruler and compass, but quickly realized that not every block is based off a square grid.  Now, I pretty much just look at a block and make it.

I want to purchase Electric Quilt for my design software but have not yet.  I use Quilt Pro and love it, but it is very old and I am unable to upload it to my new computer.  I use it mainly for paper pieced patterns and to see how a quilt will look when it is finished.

I am hosting a Row Quilt Mystery Swap on my blog.  I love row quilts - perhaps because there is so much variety in the blocks you make.  Here are some row quilts I have designed in the past as well as other non-row quilts:

Be Thankful - Autumn

a neighborhood with quilts hanging on the clothes line, flowers, butterflies, sunbonnet sues, a picket fence with a fancy gate, watering cans, birdhouses, and umbrellas. 


Below are photos of other quilts I have designed to give you an idea of my design abilities.  The barn quilt below was the result of a Daughters of Dorinda Mystery project where everyone designed their own quilt based on a certain technique and "rule" determined by the group.  It was so much fun but a mental design exhaustion project.  I have yet to finish it, but I love it!

I designed the quilt below with folded inserts.  I like to try every method out there and to incorporate all methods into my designs.

This one was designed for my daughter's hope chest.

Hexagons in Rotation
And another one in different colors...



The last photo is a miniature quilt I designed for a family mystery quilting project.  I had the group cut fabric into itty bitty pieces and bag them with a block name written on the bag.  It was crazy fun!  The flying geese border is 1" x 1/2" units.  The double Wedding Ring is nuts -- never again.  It is paper pieced.

Deana: giveaway

Go on over to Charm About You and sign up for her giveaway.  It's a good one!

Deana: Machine quilting and a finish

I got a good start on quilting my first Windmill quilt.  I will be quilting on it all day.   I hope I make good progress.  The strings you see are basting stitches.  I quilt on my Bernina.

I finally found time to attach the binding to the quilt I quilted for Mom.  She will do the hand work.
 Here is the back.

I am linking up with Ester's blog and WOW Wednesday.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Deana: Getting Closer!

Well, I got the meat of them done.  I just need to set them in the squares and applique centers.  This quilt really goes together pretty fast.
And then all pinned and ready to sew...
Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday

AND Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

AND Design Wall Monday

AND Free Motion by the River

Check out my Mystey Row Swap if you have a minute.  It is starting in September. 

Deana: Windmill Blocks today

Today I am making Windmill blocks.  I have 12 left so lets see how far I get today.